Le Pendentif. Three Easy Short Stories

Narrated by: Sylvie Lainé
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
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These short stories are perfect for beginners: you'll be able to enjoy a whole story in French, grow your vocabulary in a natural way, and improve your comprehension whilst learning the correct pronunciation. The stories are narrated by the author at two different speeds : slow and normal.

To maximize study effects, we recommend listening to this audiobook together with a paperback or ebook edition, which contains useful French-English glossaries and a large french-english dictionnary at the end of the book.

For students from beginner to intermediate level (A1-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference).

©2013 Sylvie Lainé (P)2016 Sylvie Lainé

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Music to my ears

Not having many opportunities lately to speak French, I'd been reading it. But, I noticed trying to watch a movie that I was stopping and rewinding because I was missing some things. It just felt harder to understand. And, I realized while reading it wasn't a problem, hearing it and understanding was sort of slow. When, I did have an opportunity to speak to a family friend, I found myself pausing and sometimes even translating in my head from French to English, which I'd never done before. So, it seemed I needed to re-train my ears, so to speak. I started trying to watch more French television, but I don't have a lot of time for that. And, since I'm always listening to audiobooks, I did a search for audios en francais, and found these.

While I hope that the stories continue and maybe become more advanced, I'm enjoying listening to them. I'm speaking to everyone in my house in French today. When I previously searched for French audios, there were only a few French children's stories. They were cute, but very short. And, I'd love more variety. Will be searching out more books in French.

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a find

sylvie laine has a knack for charming yet compelling stories, with a voice to match. I hope she keeps writing and talking!

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lovely and useful reading

beautiful little stories, very interesting. they are especially made so that you learn as many useful words as you can. the voice is pleasant and the speed and clearness of the reading perfect. doesn't have too many chapters but you can always re-listen them since they are not boring at all.

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A real delight

It is a pure joy to be able to listen and understand the spoken word in French. You must of course be at about intermediate level to dive right in. For any words that are unclear after several times through, there is a written text which you can refer to available for the Kindle from Amazon.

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Great Audible Product!

Really enjoyed the print book and the audible. Excellent format which is making the learning of French effective and efficient.

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Terrible narrator!

The narrator reads this with no expression at all. It's all monotone. The stories aren't bad. I'm interested to see what comes next, so it's a good study aid, but I want to hear it the way it might sound in reality.

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  • Tavis
  • 10-28-18

Very useful set of stories

The stories were all set out in a way that meant it was easy to understand even the words that I wasn't familiar with. It also helped me to naturally develop common grammar uses and structure of sentences.

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  • kazaus
  • 04-07-20

Great way to improve your listening skills

This is the best short French Story audible book I have found for learning French.
If you are an absolute beginner buy Sylvie's book Very Easy Reader in the fire kindle/tablet form (e-book, but it does include audio in a unique form, it's great) but if you have at least 4-5 months under your belt this audio and the accompanying book will be a great help to you.
I listen to it again and again and at first would read the book as well to understand the new words.
Now I understand the rapid version and it's a good way to review words that I might not have heard that day.
It has really helped me gain confidence with believing one day I will be able to understand the spoken language..
I look forward to progressing to her next book in the series